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Tuesday Briefs: Bragman, Cruz & Paige are “Amazing” as is Federer’s between legs shot! Plus Cher movie poster and more!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Congratulations to the folks who have just been announced as one of the “10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz” and “10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz” by Power Up.

The award recognizes Amazing Gay Women and Men who are working, creating and changing lives as they continue their way up the ladder of success.

Publicist Howard Bragman, whose clients include Meredith Baxter and Chely Wright, is among the men chosen and said:  “I grew up fat, Jewish and gay in Flint, Michigan feeling like I had three strikes against me and then I moved to Hollywood where I realized it was three rungs on the ladder of success.  Thanks POWER UP for recognizing this.”

Thrilled to see the hard-working and talented actors Peter Paige and Wilson Cruz included among the honorees as I am big fans of both of these men who make things happen for themselves and who have been out and proud throughout.

Other men on the list are James Duff (Executive Producer of the Closer), attorney Duncan Crabtree Ireland, talent agent Keya Khayatian,  producer Mark Noble (Access Hollywood), Producer Howard Rosenman, USA Network executive Michael Sluchan, and actor Steve Tyler.

Female honorees are writer Ali Adler (Family Guy, Chuck, No Ordinary Family), reality star Tabatha Coffey (Tabatha’s Salon Takeover), writer Savannah Dooley, actress Clementine Ford (pictured) of The Young and the Restless, writer Tracey E. Gilchrist, director Christine Moore (The Wire, Treme), manager Martha Sanchez, writer Elizabeth Sarnoff (Deadwood, Lost),  actress Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) and Kathy Wolfe of Wolfe Video.

Past Awardees include: Lance Bass, Barbara Gaines, Gus Van Sant, Cherien Dabis, Paris Barclay, Jamie Babbit, Wendy Battles, Ilene Chaiken Jane Lynch, Cherry Jones, Rose Troche, and actress Guinevere Turner.

The recipients receive their award at the 10th Annual Power Premiere Celebrity Gala on Nov. 7 in Hollywood.

TURNING BACK TIME: It’s like the late 80s and Cher is making movies!

The Oscar-winning icon stars with Christina Aguilera in the musical Burlesque due out in November. Here is the movie’s poster where she and Christina look about the same age! Whaddaya know about that!

Here’s the plot: Aguilera will play an ambitious small-town Iowa girl with a big voice who comes of age in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that’s run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to shine.

I’m a huge fan of Cher the actress and am so glad her final film will no longer be Stuck On You which was fun but not on the caliber of her classics Mask, Silkwood, The Witches of Eastwick and, of course, Moonstruck. I also loved her in Mermaids, Suspect and Tea With Mussolini.

The less said about Faithful the better, however. Florence Henderson is in the news today because of her participation in Dancing With the Stars. But there’s also news involving the man who helped Miss Henderson put together her dazzling one-woman show: two-time Emmy winner Glen Roven.

Glen, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting on a few occasions, has written the music and lyrics for the new musical play Pandora’s Box which will run at Theatre St. Clements(423 West 46th) on Oct. 8, 9, 11, 13, 14 and 16.

It stars Kerry Butler, Deidre Goodwin, James Patrick Stuart and Tom McGowan with the rest of the cast being announced later this month.
BETWEEN HIS LEGS: Now get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about an absolutely thrilling, unique (and possibly dangerous!) shot that Roger Federer made last night during his first round match at the US Open.

Roger had his back up against the wall at the end of a long point against Brian Dabul and resorted to the same stunning shot he used against Novak Djokovic in last year’s semifinals. Both times he hit a winning shot and went on to win the match.



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